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Tonight at the Latin Grammys, the hit song "Despacito" is up for four awards, including record of the year. Clearly a lot of people know this song. But it turns out the Google Home personal assistant does not. NPR's Aarti Shahani explains.

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The House passed a $1.4 trillion tax overhaul today. The vote came after President Trump traveled to Capitol Hill to rally House Republicans ahead of the vote.

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Another prominent public figure has been accused of making unwanted sexual advances. Los Angeles radio host Leeann Tweeden said now-Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., forced himself on her and groped her while the two were on a USO tour in 2006.

Scientists believe they may have new insights into why passenger pigeons went extinct, after analyzing DNA from the toes of birds that have been carefully preserved in museums for over a century.

Internet freedom is on the decline for the seventh consecutive year as governments around the world take to distorting information on social media in order to influence elections, a new report says.

The nongovernmental organization Freedom House released its annual Freedom on the Net report this week, which found that online "manipulation and disinformation tactics played an important role" in elections in 18 countries, including the U.S.

The House has narrowly approved a $1.4 trillion tax overhaul, clearing the first major hurdle in Republican attempts to cut taxes and rewrite the tax code.

The vote was almost along party lines, with no Democrats voting in support of the bill and some GOP defections over provisions in the measure that would eliminate important tax deductions taken by constituents in some high tax states.

A federal judge in New Jersey has declared a mistrial in the corruption trial of U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez.

It came after the 12-person jury told the judge for a second time that it was unable to reach a unanimous verdict on any of the bribery, conspiracy, fraud or false statements charges facing the Democrat and his co-defendant, Salomon Melgen.

Around 1 p.m., after emerging from chambers, Menendez hugged and kissed his daughter and son. Defense attorneys shook hands and patted each other on the back, as prosecutors huddled at their table.

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Property owners who lost homes or had other structures destroyed by the October firestorms can have their properties cleaned of any hazardous waste and debris at no out-of-pocket cost through a program being offered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. However, they must act quickly. The state of California’s Office of Emergency Services has set the deadline to sign up for the program by 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, 2017.

Broadband Alliance of Mendocino County

The Broadband Alliance of Mendocino County held a public outreach meeting on Friday, November 2, 2017 to discuss the importance of communications during emergencies such as the recent Redwood Valley fire. You can listen to Reporter Sarah Reith's coverage of this meeting. 

We hear from the Sanitation District Board candidates of

   the November 7, 2017 election.  

We hear from the Sanitation District Board candidates of

   the November 7, 2017 election.  

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Tickets are selling fast, but there are still some left - so don't put it off any longer, call the Little River Inn at 937-5942 or stop by the front desk. This will be a great night! Heard regularly on Oak & Thorn, the Syncopaths bring a fresh, contemporary spin to music and songs rooted in the Scottish, Irish, and American folk traditions. They create a "chamber folk" sound with fiddle and mandolin, rich vocals, and unexpected colors and rhythms from the piano and bodhrán.

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Featured on Radiogram 11/22/17 (& some links)

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Here are a couple of links to the audio sources for current & recent pieces heard on Radiogram:

Kim, by Rudyard Kipling, chapter 1.... this version is read by Adrien Praetzellis, downloaded from Librivox  Kim is a fabulous adventure story set in India during the former British Empire. It tells the story of a street-wise but (in typical Kipling fashion) highly moral Anglo-Indian boy who becomes enmeshed the “the Great Game” -– the competition between Britain and Russia for control over Asia.

 

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One of the bigger shocks of the Redwood Complex Fire was the collapse of both landline and cell phone service and internet in Willits and other areas distant from the fire zone.

On Mendocino Works on Wednesday 15 November at 7 p.m., we investigated what caused these cascading outages, asked what you can do to prepare for the next disaster, and exploreed what local firms are doing to improve telecoms in a rural region that the big companies prefer to ignore.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE FULL BROADCAST

Dean Baker - Sensible Economics

Nov 15, 2017

To hear this interview with Dean Baker, click on this link: https://forthright.media/2017/11/15/dean-baker-sensible-economics/

Dean Baker co-founded The Center for Economic and Policy Research in 1999. He is frequently cited in economics reporting in major media outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, CNBC, and NPR. He writes a weekly column for the Guardian Unlimited (UK), the Huffington Post, TruthOut, and his blog, Beat the Press, features commentary on economic reporting.

CASA

In collaboration with Mendocino County's child and family service organizations, KZYX is running regular Public Service Announcements (PSAs) highlighting a different agency each month. We are currently featuring CASA of Lake and Mendocino County (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children).

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